(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The 2011 Mom & Pop Small Business Grant Program will soon be open to small business owners of District 12. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is inviting small business owners in his district to apply for up to $2,500 that can be used to improve and assist in the growth of their business.
Beginning Monday, January 10, 2011 until Thursday, January 27, 2011, applications will be available at the commissioner’s district office, 8345 NW 12th Street in Doral , and on his website at www.miamidade.gov/district12. Applications will be accepted from January 27 until Friday, February 4, 2011 by 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.
All businesses must be located in District 12 and meet the following criteria:
- Provide proof that the business has been operating for at least one year. (e.g. any old license, state incorporations, sales tax, income tax or utility bill). Proof must be in business name (include copy only).
- Must submit a current Local Business Tax receipt (Miami-Dade County Occupational License) or paid receipt. Business name on application must match one on license (include copy only). If license is not required by Miami-Dade County, applicant must provide written proof from Tax Collector’s Department.
- City License if business is located in a municipality or paid receipt (include copy only).
- A printed copy of your active State of Florida Corporation if business is incorporated (can be located at www.sunbiz.org).
- Must submit outside picture of business location (building, home office, or work vehicle).
- Provide copy of picture ID (driver’s license, Florida ID, or immigration card).
- A physical address is required. No P.O Box as mailing address allowed.
- Submit copy of your 2010 tax returns or 2009 if 2010 is not available.
- If applicable at the time of application, provide your Business DUNS & Bradstreet D-U-N-S number. To obtain a D-U-N-S number, please call 1-866-705-5711 or visit http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
Applications can be typed or handwritten, and hand-delivered to the commissioner’s office. Home-based businesses can apply, as well as governmental elected officials and board appointees provided they receive written approval stating no conflict of interest from the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics.
However, applications will be disqualified if the business is part of a national chain, relocates out of the district during the process, has a delinquent loan with Miami-Dade County, County department, or County-funded agency, has received Mom and Pop funding for two consecutive years, has more than seven full-time employees (two part-time count as one full-time position), or is a non-profit agency.
A mandatory informational meeting will be held on Thursday, January 27 for interested applicants at the Jorge Mas Canosa Center, 250 SW 114 Avenue, at 6 p.m.
“The Mom and Pop program has helped promote and expand and improve dozens of homegrown businesses in my district,” said Commissioner Diaz. “I strongly encourage any District 12 business to take advantage of this opportunity and apply.”
For more information on the Mom and Pop program, please contact Olga Fulgueira at Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.